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Canadian Employers Offer Higher Pay to Attract and Retain Skilled Workers

Are you planning on working in Canada? There really couldn’t be a better time to be employed in Canada. Employers across Canada are planning to bump up salaries so foreign workers can expect high wages. 

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IRCC Allocates $1.7 Billion in Settlement Funding for 2021-22

Recently, an internal memo accessed through the Access to Information Privacy Request (ATIP) revealed how Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) intends to spend its $1.7 billion settlement budget during the fiscal year 2021-22. This memo also gave information on how the IRCC plans to distribute these funds across the country. This information was earlier released publicly on the IRCC website in 2011. This memo was signed and approved by the Canadian Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino. 

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High Demand Job Vacancies Post-Pandemic Across Canada

In its latest Labour Force Survey, Statistics Canada reported that the number of job vacancies in all occupations across the country has hit a record high in the second quarter of 2021. Job vacancies in healthcare, hospitality, and retail industries across Canada increased as the pandemic-related restrictions were eased. 

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What Occupations Increased In Demand in New Brunswick Post-Pandemic?

The Canadian government recently conducted a study to determine the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the labor market across different provinces. This study revealed how the pandemic positively and negatively impacted certain sectors of the economy. 

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Nova Scotia Investing $2.5 Million for Marketing to Attract New Immigrants

The Nova Scotia government recently launched a $2.5 million marketing campaign in a bid to attract foreign nationals in Canada and overseas to settle here. The objective is to encourage economic immigration and meet the serious labor market shortages in the province. 

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Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Draws 2021

Currently, 9 provinces and 2 territories in Canada are operating an active Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that provides simple and fast access to obtaining permanent residency for various streams for different foreign nationals. *Nunavut is the newest territory and does not have a PNP and Quebec Immigration is not a part of the PNP.

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Parents and Grandparents Lottery 2021 Completes Invitations

Recently, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) confirmed the completion of the Parents and Grandparents Lottery that took place between September 23 and October. A total of 30,000 invitations for permanent residency were issued for this year’s lottery. 

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How Did Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program Perform in September 2021?

According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), nearly 6,500 invitations were issued to the applicants of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in September 2021. Except for Quebec and Nunavut, all 11 Canadian provinces and territories have their own separate PNPs that allow the provincial and territorial governments to nominate candidates with relevant skills and experience that can benefit their separate labor markets. Every province or territory has its criteria and procedures to nominate eligible applicants for Canadian permanent residence

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Tips for Applying for the Super Visa for Your Parents and Grandparents

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offer a Super Visa for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to stay in Canada for an extended period up to two years. It is also a multi-entry visa that is valid for a maximum of 10 years. So they can re-enter Canada multiple times over 10 years to stay in Canada for up to 2 years at a time without requiring an extension. 

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IRCC Allows Permanent Residents to Confirm their Status Online

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced that newly approved permanent residents will now be able to confirm their status online without attending any in-person interviews. New permanent residents will be able to quickly and easily confirm their status by going to a secure Permanent Residence portal. 

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Canada Express Entry Draws 2021

The federal Express Entry system manages immigration applications for 3 federal economic immigration programs: 

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What Is Canada Doing to Help Afghans Immigrate?

The Canadian government recently announced their response to the situation in Afghanistan and how they intend to help Afghans in this dire situation. The Taliban took over and replaced the democratically elected government in Afghanistan by force. The Canadian government has refused to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. However, the presence of the Taliban puts many of the people in Afghanistan at risk of violence and life. Therefore, the government has decided to introduce certain measures to help the Afghans in need. The Taliban has assured the Canadian government that Afghan citizens with travel authorization will be allowed to leave Afghanistan. 

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Quebec Healthcare Will Cover Children of Temporary Foreign Workers and Students

From September 22, 2021, children of temporary foreign workers and international students will be covered by the Régie de l’assurance Maladie du Québec (RAMQ), the healthcare system of the province. This means that all children in Quebec will now be able to qualify for Quebec health insurance and basic prescription drug insurance plans, provided they have been residing in Quebec for more than 6 months in a year. 

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The Top In-Demand Occupations in Nova Scotia Post-Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic drastically affected certain sectors of the Canadian economy, while other industries experienced more success due to a change in consumer habits. The Canadian government conducted a study to identify how different sectors of the economy were affected by the pandemic. This study highlights the occupations that increased in demand in the province of Nova Scotia. 

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Top In-Demand Occupations in Quebec Post-COVID-19

Recently, the Canadian government released a study to highlight the occupations affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. While many sectors of the economy suffered losses due to the pandemic, other sectors experienced an increase in employment levels. The pandemic changed how many organizations operate. As a result, many occupations significantly increased in demand in the province. 

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Newfoundland and Labrador Launched New Job-Matching Initiative

Newfoundland and Labrador recently announced a new initiative called the Job Matching Pathway to help employers looking to fill full-time vacancies match with newcomer job seekers in the province. This pathway has been announced in the light of increasing demand for immigrants, temporary workers, and international students in the province. 

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What’s the Current Scoring for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program?

Recently, the Quebec government announced an update within the selection criteria for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). The Ministry of Immigration, Francisation, and Integration (MIFI) believes that this new step will help the province to achieve better alignment with their immigration programs and the needs of the local labor market. 

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Foreign Travelers Can Apply for a Work Permit After Arriving

Due to the pandemic-related restrictions, international travelers were unable to apply for a work permit at the Port of Entry (POE). However, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently re-authorized issuance of temporary work permits at the POE for foreign nationals, provided they meet certain requirements.

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Quebec Temporary Foreign Workers Are Now Eligible for the Bridging Open Work Permit

The Quebec government recently announced a way for temporary foreign workers to maintain their status by applying for the Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP). The BOWP for spouses and common-law partners under the Spousal Sponsorship program will now be available to temporary workers in Quebec if they meet the set requirements.

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When Can the Next Express Entry Draw for the Federal Skilled Worker Draw Be Expected?

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducts an Express Entry draw every 2 weeks. So far during 2021, the IRCC has focused on inviting applicants to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). 2021 has seen no draws for the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW). Before the pandemic, the majority of all Invitations to Apply (ITA) issued went to the FSW applicants. The Comprehensive System Ranking (CRS) score requirement for the FSW applicants is generally lower than the rest of the pool. 

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IRCC Breaks the Record for Express Entry Candidates in 2021

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) broke the record for the most Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued in a year with its latest Express Entry draw. On September 14, 2021, the IRCC conducted an Express Entry draw to invite 2,000 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applicants with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 462 points. 

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Ontario Introduces Vaccine Passports to Tackle the Fourth Wave

The Ontario government recently announced the implementation of a vaccine passport following the increase in the number of Covid-19 infections in the province. As Ontario battles the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government took note that a majority of the infections were recorded in unvaccinated people. 

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Study Reveals That Immigrants Are More Likely to Be Entrepreneurs

A study published by the Journal of World Business found that immigrants are more likely to become entrepreneurs as they are more willing to take risks. According to Peter Vandor, a senior researcher, an economist at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, immigrants have a more entrepreneurial personality as a result of self-selection.

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Driving In Canada: For International Students

Can international students drive in Canada? It is a common question among new international students planning to move to Canada soon. Having the authorization to drive in Canada will make a lot of things easier for international students. Therefore, one should know about the criteria to obtain a driver’s license in Canada. 

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How Do Multiple Entry Visitor Visas Work in Canada?

It would be nice to not have to apply for a visa every time for your visit to Canada. Fortunately, there is a way for you to gain access to Canada that will allow you to come here anytime for travel, study, or work. 

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How to Return to Canada After Spending More Than 6 Months Abroad

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will mail you a Permanent Resident (PR) card within 6 weeks of your becoming a Canadian permanent resident. A new permanent resident does not need to separately apply for a PR card. However, if you do not receive your PR card within this period, you must inform the IRCC. 

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Why Are Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) Important for International Students?

As an international student, there are two steps to coming to Canada. You will need a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) to be eligible to apply for a Study Permit to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

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Immigrate to the Yukon Territory

The Yukon is the smallest and westernmost of the 3 territories in Canada. It has the lowest population density in Canada with roughly 36,000 people residing in the territory. The capital of the Yukon is Whitehorse, which is also the only city in the Yukon. Around 75% of the population resides in Whitehorse. The Yukon has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. 

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How to Apply for Canadian Citizenship Online

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently launched an online portal to allow Canadian permanent residents to apply for Canadian citizenship online. Now Canadian permanent residents can complete their citizenship application within a few clicks of their mouse. 

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Thunder Bay Is Benefiting from the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

The economic development experts in Thunder Bay, Ontario recently gave their endorsement to the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). According to Emily Lauzon, the workforce development officer at Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission says that the RNIP has been an integral part of their human resource planning. 

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Canadian Employers Offer Higher Pay to Attract and Retain Skilled Workers

Are you planning on working in Canada? There really couldn’t be a better time to be employed in Canada. Employers across Canada are planning to bump up salaries so foreign workers can expect high wages. 

Canadian Immigration News

IRCC Allocates $1.7 Billion in Settlement Funding for 2021-22

Recently, an internal memo accessed through the Access to Information Privacy Request (ATIP) revealed how Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) intends to spend its $1.7 billion settlement budget during the fiscal year 2021-22. This memo also gave information on how the IRCC plans to distribute these funds across the country. This information was earlier released publicly on the IRCC website in 2011. This memo was signed and approved by the Canadian Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino. 

Canadian Immigration News

High Demand Job Vacancies Post-Pandemic Across Canada

In its latest Labour Force Survey, Statistics Canada reported that the number of job vacancies in all occupations across the country has hit a record high in the second quarter of 2021. Job vacancies in healthcare, hospitality, and retail industries across Canada increased as the pandemic-related restrictions were eased. 

Canadian Immigration News

What Occupations Increased In Demand in New Brunswick Post-Pandemic?

The Canadian government recently conducted a study to determine the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the labor market across different provinces. This study revealed how the pandemic positively and negatively impacted certain sectors of the economy. 

Canadian Immigration News

Nova Scotia Investing $2.5 Million for Marketing to Attract New Immigrants

The Nova Scotia government recently launched a $2.5 million marketing campaign in a bid to attract foreign nationals in Canada and overseas to settle here. The objective is to encourage economic immigration and meet the serious labor market shortages in the province. 

Canadian Immigration News

Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Draws 2021

Currently, 9 provinces and 2 territories in Canada are operating an active Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that provides simple and fast access to obtaining permanent residency for various streams for different foreign nationals. *Nunavut is the newest territory and does not have a PNP and Quebec Immigration is not a part of the PNP.

Canadian Immigration News

Parents and Grandparents Lottery 2021 Completes Invitations

Recently, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) confirmed the completion of the Parents and Grandparents Lottery that took place between September 23 and October. A total of 30,000 invitations for permanent residency were issued for this year’s lottery. 

Canadian Immigration News

How Did Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program Perform in September 2021?

According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), nearly 6,500 invitations were issued to the applicants of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in September 2021. Except for Quebec and Nunavut, all 11 Canadian provinces and territories have their own separate PNPs that allow the provincial and territorial governments to nominate candidates with relevant skills and experience that can benefit their separate labor markets. Every province or territory has its criteria and procedures to nominate eligible applicants for Canadian permanent residence

Canadian Immigration News

Tips for Applying for the Super Visa for Your Parents and Grandparents

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offer a Super Visa for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to stay in Canada for an extended period up to two years. It is also a multi-entry visa that is valid for a maximum of 10 years. So they can re-enter Canada multiple times over 10 years to stay in Canada for up to 2 years at a time without requiring an extension. 

Canadian Immigration News

IRCC Allows Permanent Residents to Confirm their Status Online

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently announced that newly approved permanent residents will now be able to confirm their status online without attending any in-person interviews. New permanent residents will be able to quickly and easily confirm their status by going to a secure Permanent Residence portal. 

Canadian Immigration News

Canada Express Entry Draws 2021

The federal Express Entry system manages immigration applications for 3 federal economic immigration programs: 

Canadian Immigration News

What Is Canada Doing to Help Afghans Immigrate?

The Canadian government recently announced their response to the situation in Afghanistan and how they intend to help Afghans in this dire situation. The Taliban took over and replaced the democratically elected government in Afghanistan by force. The Canadian government has refused to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. However, the presence of the Taliban puts many of the people in Afghanistan at risk of violence and life. Therefore, the government has decided to introduce certain measures to help the Afghans in need. The Taliban has assured the Canadian government that Afghan citizens with travel authorization will be allowed to leave Afghanistan.